Gideon Hollister papers, 1850-1906
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Brief Description: The Gideon Hollister papers (1914-16-0, 2.42 linear feet) document Gideon Hiram Hollister (1818-1887), a lawyer, historian, and author who also served as United States minister to Haiti from 1868 to 1869. He is perhaps best known for his History of Connecticut, published in 1855. In addition, he published several books of fiction and poetry. The collection contains manuscripts and documents regarding these works. Also found are manuscripts drafts of some of Hollister's poems and a play written for Edwin Booth. Correspondence in the collection includes many letters written to his wife, Mary Brisbane Hollister, and such figures as William A. Buckingham and William H. Seward. Letters Hollister wrote from Haiti give detailed accounts of the turbulent events which took place there. The collection also includes the manuscript draft of his "History of Santo Domingo," on which he was working at the time of his death; correspondence and literary work of his wife; documents regarding his son, John Brisbane Hollister; materials related to the treatment of the insane; currency and documents related to Haiti; and news clippings.
Held at:
Litchfield Historical Society
7 South Street, P.O. Box 385
Litchfield, CT 6759
Phone: 860-567-4501
Fax: 860-567-3565
Email: archivist [at]
Created by: Hollister, G. H. (Gideon Hiram) (1817-1881)
Volume: 1.88 Linear Feet
Acquired: 09/01/1914. John Denison Champlin gave the papers in 1914. Charlotte M. Wiggin retrieved manuscript of the history of Haiti from the Litchfield Town Hall in 1953.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Subject Index
Connecticut - History
Hollister, G. H. (Gideon Hiram), 1817-1881
Lawyers - Connecticut
Litchfield (Conn.)
Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic) - History
Genres/Forms of Material
Languages of Materials
English [eng]
Rights/Use Restrictions: Unpublished materials authored or otherwise produced by the creator(s) of this collection are in the public domain. There are no restrictions on use. Copyright status for other collection materials is unknown. Transmission or reproduction of materials protected by U.S. Copyright Law (Title 17, U.S.C.) beyond that allowed by fair use requires the written permission of the copyright owners. Works not in the public domain cannot be commercially exploited without permission of the copyright owners. Responsibility for any use rests exclusively with the user.
Acquisition Notes: John Denison Champlin and Charlotte M. Wiggin  Gift
PreferredCitation: Gideon Hollister papers (1914-16-0), Litchfield Historical Society, Helga J. Ingraham Memorial Library, P.O. Box 385, 7 South Street, Litchfield, Connecticut, 06759